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Michael C Zarnstorff

Deputy Director for Research

Michael Zarnstorff is the deputy director for research at PPPL, where he oversees research that ranges from test- ing ideas for harnessing fusion to developing rockets for space flight. His job encompasses keeping projects aligned with DOE goals and envision- ing new research opportunities for PPPL. An award-winning physicist and a co-discoverer of the bootstrap current, he joined PPPL in 1984 and has been deputy director for research since 2009. 


  • Fusion energy
  • Fusion reactor design
  • International collaborations
  • Plasma physics
  • Stellarators
  • Tokamaks

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